Athletic Training Program ranks first in Alabama

Posted: Thursday , 09 January 2014

TROY - Troy University's Athletic Training Program ranks first in the state for its first-time pass rate for the Board of Certification, which holds the only accredited certification program for athletic trainers in the United States.

"This achievement truly represents the exemplary teaching efforts of the Athletic Training Program faculty, headed by Dr. Amanda Benson," said Dr. John Miller, Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

The program began more than 25 years ago when Dr. James Andrews partnered with the University to launch what has become one of the nation's leading professional preparation programs for athletic trainers. Dr. Jeff Dugas, of Andrews Sport Medicine in Birmingham, currently leads the partnership.

Dr. Miller said the ranking is a strong indication of the quality of the education TROY athletic training students receive.

"It indicates that our students have been better prepared by our faculty than any other program in the state of Alabama," he said, noting the efforts of Department Chair Benson and long-time athletic training educator and former chair John "Doc" Anderson, who specifically prepares students for the certification exam.

"As a result, TROY students are more likely to obtain an athletic training position right after graduation than students of any other university in Alabama," Dr. Miller said.

Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. said the key to the program's success was its dedicated faculty coupled with outstanding leadership.

"Since its inception, our faculty has included remarkable leaders such as Dr. Jim Whiteside, "Doc" Anderson, (head trainer) Chuck Ash and Dr. Amanda Benson," he said. "Evidence of that success is the widespread employment of our graduates, who are involved in the delivery of on-the-field care from area high schools to the NFL."